Black Friday Do’s and Don’ts

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Happy Thanksgiving, readers! Black Friday is just a few hours away and I’ve created a short guide of Do’s and Don’ts that will ensure a successful Black Friday shopping experience. Get a notepad ready…you’re gonna want to take notes for this!

Do: Create a Game Plan

With all of the chaos already involved in Black Friday, the last thing you want is the added overwhelmingness of not knowing where to shop first or who you’re shopping for first. Create a list split vertically down the middle into two columns. In the first column write the names of the people who you are buying for. In the second column write down what store you plan on shopping in for that person. This will help you to stay organized, alleviate stress, and keep you on track!

Don’t: Give into the Checkout line Merchandise

Whenever I go shopping, I always tend to throw something into my cart from the checkout line merchandise. Sephora gets me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. with the cute, mini versions of primers, lipsticks, and roller balls. This Black Friday, refrain from the temptation because all of these mini’s ADD UP FAST! Trust me, you will be thankful when you end up saving yourself some serious cash.

Do: Make a Budget 

Okay, I’m not talking down to exact dollars and cents but create a ballpark number that you know you should stay around and that you can actually afford. After shopping for each person, subtract the cost from your budget to give yourself an idea of how much you can spend on the rest of people on your Christmas shopping list. Too often, we get caught up in all of the deals and don’t realize that we are spending WAY more than we initially thought. This is the simplest way to avoid financial stress during the holiday season.

Don’t: Spend all of your money during Black Friday 

I definitely get caught up in the Black Friday hype, but remember…Cyber Monday is just a couple of days after! Make sure you still have some money to spend on all of the online deals. Most of the time, a lot of stores have even better offers online! When you see that handbag you’ve been dying to score for your mom with a crazy Cyber Monday deal attached, you’ll be happy that you didn’t blow through all of your money!

Do: Your Homework! 

Before hitting the mall, do a little research online or in your inbox to see what stores are offering the best deals. Nothing is worse that getting home after an exhausting day of shopping and seeing that one of the stores in your mall is having an insane deal. Not a lot of people take this step, but if you do, it will surely pay off and save you a trip back to the mobbed mall.

Don’t: Forget to put thought into each persons gift 

Just because the price tag is good, doesn’t mean that the gift is a good fit for the person on your shopping list. Take the extra step to really think about what that person would like to receive on Christmas. It will seriously make all of the difference. Nothing will beat seeing that person’s face light up when they receive something truly thoughtful.

What stores are you most excited about hitting up this Black Friday? What time do you begin shopping? Let me know in the comments below! Before I end, I would just like to take some time to express how thankful I am for all of my loyal readers and followers. Without your constant love and support, lexieslifexo wouldn’t be what it is today! Thank you all so much for coming on this journey with me…I’m very excited for what’s to come! Have a blessed day!

xo, Lexie

West Village // NYC

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My birthday is something I look forward to celebrating every year; what’s better than a day all about you!? My mom and dad are seriously the best at making me feel so special on my birthday. This year I wanted to go to the West Village to celebrate my 18th and that’s exactly what we did!

We started our day off by taking an early morning train into the city. As soon as we reached Penn Station and started walking toward the West Village, we ran into a celebrity! Click here to find out who I got to meet! It has always been one of my dreams to run into someone famous on the streets of NYC and the fact that it happened on my birthday was the most perfect start to the day!

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After walking around 20 blocks we finally reached the West Village, one of my favorite neighborhood’s in the city! It is filled with lots of artsy restaurants, fantastic shopping, and the most beautiful homes. We decided to stop at The Butcher’s Daughter for my birthday breakfast! The menu is vegan/vegetarian based and has the most amazing food and the best service.

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After a delicious meal we headed to the High Line. This was the first time I have ever been and I loved it so much! The views were incredible and there was an abundance of cool artists and vendors throughout the park.

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As soon as the park ended, we made our way back to the Village to check out the gorgeous homes. I couldn’t help but pretend I was Carrie Bradshaw walking through the streets of the city…hopefully one of these homes will be mine someday!

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All of that walking around sure did conjure up an appetite. We stopped by Patisserie Cloud for pastries and coffees…it definitely hit the spot and satisfied my sweet tooth!

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Reenergized from all of the sugar, we took a stroll over to Washington Square Park. We couldn’t have had more perfect weather. The sun was shining all day and it was just the right temperature, around 53 degrees! It was so much fun getting to hang out in the park and people watch!

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I couldn’t have dreamed of having a more amazing birthday! I’m so excited to see what this year has in store for me. Thank you all so much for coming on this journey with me! I appreciate you all more than you can ever imagine.

xo, Lexie